HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team opened with a 22-0 run and cruised to a 75-55 Northeast Conference victory against Saint Francis (Pa.), Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Seven different Bobcats figured in the opening burst, and Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) scored a team-high 12 points for the game. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 14-7 (6-4 NEC), while the Red Flash falls to 7-14 (5-5 NEC).
James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) and Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) had 11 points apiece for the Bobcats with Twyman adding five assists. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) also finished in double figures with 10 points, while Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) had a solid all-around game with five points, six rebounds, a career-high 10 assists and three steals. Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) also added nine points and six rebounds.
Scott Eatherton led Saint Francis (Pa.) with 11 points, while Kameron Ritter had 10 points.
Jackson opened the Bobcats' opening burst with a pair of free throws and a lay-up in the first minute. Raheem May-Thompson (London, England) converted a lay-up to make it 6-0, before Twyman connected on a jumper in the paint and James Johnson made a fast-break lay-up. May-Thompson's jumper in the paint made it 12-0, before James Johnson connected from long range to make it 15-0.
Tevin Baskin (Stamford, Conn.) brought the house down, posterizing his defender with a thunderous dunk while being fouled on a fast break. He converted the conventional three-point play to make it 18-0 at the 14:41 mark. Azotam's lay-up at the 14:07 mark made it 20-0, before Dave Johnson completed the run with a lay-up at the 11:43 mark. Ritter's three-pointer from the corner at the 11:23 mark snapped the run.
The half ended with the Bobcats enjoying a 35-16 lead. Quinnipiac owned the paint, taking a 28-2 advantage on points in the paint. Azotam led the Bobcats with seven points at the break, while Ritter paced the Red Flash with six.
The closest Saint Francis would come in the second half was 16 points, and the Bobcats gradually increased their lead to 31 points on two occasions late in regulation. With the Quinnipiac bench emptied, the Red Flash closed the game on a 12-1 run over the final four minutes.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Red Flash, 52.5 percent (31-59) to 43.6 percent (17-39) from the floor. Saint Francis took a 53.8 percent (7-13) to 35.7 percent (5-14) advantage from long range and 58.3 percent (14-24) to 53.3 percent (8-15) edge from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac outrebounded the Red Flash, 37-22, and dished out a season-high 21 assists. The Bobcats forced 21 Saint Francis turnovers, while handing it over 13 times. The Bobcats made a season-high 10 steals. Quinnipiac owned the paint, outscoring the Red Flash, 46-14, in the lane.
Quinnipiac returns to action Thursday, when it begins a two-game road trip in Brooklyn at St. Francis (N.Y.). Opening tip from Peter Aquilone Court is scheduled for 7 p.m.